George Manahan made his Seattle Opera debut conducting Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice in 1988 and has returned several times since then, for Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe, Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles, Massenet’s Werther, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. For the past six years, Manahan has been music director of New York City Opera, where most recently he conducted performances of Mozart’s Finta giardiniera, Don Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Turandot. Other credits with New York City Opera include three Live from Lincoln Center telecasts: Puccini’s Bohème, Puccini’s Tosca, and Beeson’s Lizzie Borden. Manahan has been a regular guest conductor with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Australia, and Santa Fe Opera. His work with opera companies abroad includes productions at Teatro Communale di Bologna and Paris Opéra-Bastille. Among Manahan’s numerous orchestral engagements are appearances with San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Virginia’s Richmond Symphony Orchestra (where he also served as music director from 1987 to 1998). In 2004 at Seattle Opera, he conducts Carmen.